Helen K. Stempsey

June 15, 1932February 21, 2017
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Helen (Kuras) Stempsey, 84, of Orleans, MA, died on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at home. She was the wife of the late William Edward Stempsey. She was born on June 15, 1932, in Albany, NY. She was a graduate of St. Ann’s Academy in Albany, NY. Helen worked for the NY telephone company from 1949 to 1969. With her husband, she was owner and operator of Kelly’s Jewelers from 1967 until 1978, retiring to Orleans, MA. Helen was a Registered Jeweler and member of the American Gem Society. She was a communicant of St. Joan of Arc Church, and member of the St. Joan of Arc Lady’s Guild. She received the Marian Medal Award for service to the church of the Diocese of Fall River in 2007. Helen is survived by her son, William E. Stempsey SJ, MD, PhD, of Worcester, MA, and many nieces and nephews. Her visitation will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, from 1pm—4pm in the Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 27, 2017, at 11am in St. Joan of Arc Church, followed by her burial in Orleans Cemetery, Orleans, MA. For online condolences, please visit

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